MAY OUR FAMILIES HAVE THE STRENGTH TO COMPREHEND THE REACH OF CHRIST'S.
18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
I once heard someone say that humanity's greatest fear and greatest desire are intrinsically linked. At the core, what people really want is to be truly known and truly loved. Paradoxically, our greatest fear is that if we are truly known we cannot be truly loved. This phenomenon causes many of the relational problems that we experience today. We are becoming a mask-wearing world. We masquerade around, defined by soundbites, 140-characters utterances, and filtered Instagram pictures. Social media has given us innumerable tools to create masks that allow us to control how people know us. We've become professionals at managing the perception through which we want people to view us. Since Adam and Eve attempted to cover their shame with fig leaves, humanity has been trying to cover its mass deficiencies by any and every means possible. Our relationships are getting more and more superficial; all the while our hearts are longing to be loved. This is why grace is such a difficult thing for us to understand. Grace says that God's love is not earned or merited but rather given freely. Grace says you are loved despite who you are and in spite of your performance. Grace does not speak the language of reciprocity.
The love of Christ reaches beyond our best performance and beyond our worst failure.
God, help us comprehend this love.